Gli antichi sepolcri, ovvero mausolei Romani, ed etruschi, trovati in Roma ed in altri luoghi celebri (etc).
Roma, Domenico de’ Rossi 1727.
Folio. xiv pp, (108) engraved plates (numbered 1-110, with additional plates numbered 1 and 4, and 2 additional plates numbered 72, but without plates 9,10, and 60-63). Contemporary full vellum. 18th century armorial bookplate of William Wynne, Inner Temple, with his ink note of acquisition “Wm Wynne Rome April 10th 1731 - 4 scudi”. Recent book label of Peter and Linda Murray. A good, clean copy.
Bartoli’s Gli Antichi Sepolcri, first published in 1697, served the dual purpose of recording the sculptured tombs, painted ceilings and mosaic pavements discovered in recent excavations in the grounds of the Villa Corsini in Rome, and of illustrating other notable tombs and mausoleums in and around Rome, including the tomb of Caecilia Metella, the pyramid of Caius Cestius, and the mausoleum of Hadrian (the Castel San Angelo). The collation of the various editions of Bartoli’s book is a matter of some bibliographical difficulty, for even copies of the first edition normally include four plates not called for, and it seems that the Roman publisher Domenico de’ Rossi, who acquired rights in the book after Bartoli’s death and who issued the present edition, failed to acquire from Bartoli’s son the copper plates of twelve added plates that only appear in a second edition issued in 1699. An additional factor is that copies of the book seem to have been made up in a somewhat random manner from sheet stock to meet customer demand, with the result that our present copy was bound up without six plates that should ideally be present. The binding is however entirely contemporary and it is clear that the copy has the same number of plates today as it did when it was acquired in Rome in April 1731 by William Wynne, a traveller from England on his Grand Tour (Ingamells dates Wynne’s stay in Italy to Dec 1729 – Nov 1730, and suggests that he returned to England “soon after”, but the evidence of this book shows that he was still in Rome in April 1731).